What did I manage to accomplish in the seven months since spring term 2014 — my just-completed sabbatical? Maybe talking about it will help me sort it out… Some field work and new analyses, approaches, and results from long-term studies in Michigan old-growth forests (we’re still trying to figure out what’s going on in these systems). Networking with forest ecologists in Europe during a Fulbright project in Slovenia and through a new consortium based in Belgium. Plans and proposals for new projects. There’ll be some new research results and data-graphics. There’ll also be a little bit of travelogue; Slovenia is a tiny country with some of the most distinctive landscapes and forests in Europe (and one of its most under-rated cities). Maybe some stories about cuisine — Slovenian (przut, pork fat, bear sausage, strange wines), Belgian (beer, chocolate, mussels), Michigander (pasties). Students in the field in Michigan, enjoying mosquitoes.